Georgia coach Mark Richt’s Sunday teleconference heading into the Florida showdown was pushed back more than two and a half hours tonight.
The stakes, of course, this week are high. The Gators will win the SEC East with a victory Saturday. Georgia can put itself in the driver’s seat with a win.
“We know what this game means for us and for Florida,” Richt said. “I would say our guys are excited about the opportunity to play this game and have it mean as much as it means right now.”
Georgia is up a spot to No. 10 in the BCS standings released tonight. Florida remains No. 2.
The news on the Georgia injury front is good for outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, but not so good for defensive end Abry Jones.
First Richt on Jarvis Jones and his sprained ankle: “My hopes are he’ll be able to practice as early as Monday…He’s definitely been making progress. I think there’s a very good chance he’ll play, but if he’s not healthy to go then we’re not going to do it. I think there’s a good chance he will.”
And on Abry Jones who left the game early in the first quarter with an ankle injury: “It’s the same ankle (sprained earlier this season), but a different injury, a different type of injury. Right now, he’s out and we’re going to learn a little bit more tomorrow when he sees some doctors. At this minute I would say there’s a good chance he’ll be out.”
Richt said that Collin Barber, who needed to be helped off the field after a running into the punter penalty, “will be fine,” Richt said.
Richt was asked if sophomore Ray Drew would step in at end if Abry Jones doesn’t play. “We’ll definitely need to see more from Ray Drew. He’s going to get more opportunities. Cornelius (Washington) could play a little bit of inside if need be. We don’t do that often, but we can. We also had a situation where you end up playing with Kwame (Geathers) and big John (Jenkins) out there at the same time. John played some end position as well. It will probably be a little bit of all those things.”
Richt echoed what defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said about the big issues in the run defense against Kentucky.
“Defensively the majority of the issues were third down runs,” Richt said. “They had third down situations where they ran the ball into what would be considered more of a pass stopping type of a defense, more two safety looks. At that point, you’ve just got to defeat a block and make a play. We didn’t do a good job of doing that.”
Florida is third in the SEC in rushing at 212.7 yards per game.
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